When you are buying a Charlottesville VA country home, it is always a good idea to get a home inspection.
It is important for your investment to make sure as much as possible that you are buying a structurally sound home that is in good condition. Even if you are buying a fixer upper in "as is" condition it is a good idea to know exactly what you are getting into; of course in that case your home inspection will be for informational purposes only. In the case of some foreclosures, it is required that you perform any inspections that you desire befor submitting an offer. In a normal sale the inspection will not be held until after the contract is ratified.
The inspector will examine the structural and mechanical systems of the home as well as the appliances allerting you to needed repairs. Then ,except in the case of an as is sale, the purchaser and seller will have a time period in which to negotiate the repairs that the seller can perform or even renegotiate the purchase price.
I always attend the home inspection with my clients so that I can help them understand any questions that arise. And together we can discuss what repairs they will request the seller to perform. Thursday I will attend the home inspection as the representative of my out of state clients.
The cost of a home inspection is a small price to pay for peace of mind when you are buying your Charlottesville country home.